Irvin Tellez Faces More Than a Century in Prison for Murdering Nancy Hammour

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Irvin Tellez was convicted this week of murdering Nancy Hammour.
Remember Nancy Hammour, the drug dealer who was indicted by a federal grand jury in the Mexican Mafia gang crackdown Operation Smokin' Aces around the same time her body was dumped from a Newport Beach bridge on Labor Day 2013?

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Asian Boyz Gang Membership Dispute Lands In Federal Court

Tam Trong Nguyen didn't sport any Asian Boyz criminal street gang tattoos. Nguyen wasn't known to flash gang signs or wear gang paraphernalia. He didn't answer to a gang moniker and cops never spotted him at any known gang hangout.

Nonetheless, Joe Pirooz, a veteran Long Beach police officer who has extensively studied the gang, offered 2010 trial "expert" testimony that while Nguyen didn't display the normal signs of Asian Boyz membership, he was still definitely in the underworld organization.

Pirooz's reasoning?

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Anaheim Gang Members Get 15 to Life for Shooting Undercover Cop Car

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Covarrubias, Martinez and Sanchez

An Orange County jury dropped a shocker late February deadlocking on attempted cop-killing charges against three Anaheim gang members. Andrew Sanchez, Jordy Martinez and Juan Covarrubias stood accused of firing at Anaheim police during a wild, late-night car chase on June 1, 2012. But did they knowingly do so? The jury failed to reach a verdict on the question of the most serious charge.

But with street terrorism and gang enhancements, the three didn't get off easy with the felony charge they were found guilty of: firing at an occupied car. On Friday, judge Patrick H. Donahue handed down 15 years to life sentences for each of them.

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Jared Smith, 23, of Orange, Believed to Be Victim of Gang Homicide in Anaheim

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The body was found at the apartment building at 3424 W. Olinda Ave., Anaheim.
Orange County's coroner has identified a 23-year-old man who was shot and killed early Sunday in what Anaheim Police believe was a gang-related homicide as Jared Smith of Orange.

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Authorities I.D. Armando Antunez as Man Shot by Police in Townsend Neighborhood

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Santa Ana police in Townsend last year
Update, Aug. 3, 4:00 P.M.: Santa Ana police released new details into an officer-involved shooting that occurred on Townsend street yesterday. "Officers saw several gang members loitering in the alley and attempted to contact them," the advisory update reads. "One of the suspects was armed with a handgun and a short foot pursuit ensued resulting in an officer involved shooting."

The man shot is identified as 24-year-old Armando Antunez, but Weekly readers already knew that. Police say the weapon they found on the scene was a loaded semi-automatic. Antunez was arrested for numerous weapons violations, gang enhancements and violating probation.

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This Might Be the Ballsiest, Most Artistic Gang Graffiti in Orange County EVER

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The line work is reminiscent of Keith Haring

First, the obvious disclaimer: The OC Weekly does not endorse graffiti, cholos, gangs, and especially graffiti cholo gangs. We encourage all youth to stay off the streets and blah blah blah blah blah. The only gang we claim--and the only one that matters--is OCW, and we RIFA C/S!

But look at the above tag, left over the weekend on a wall near the corner of Hawley and Ninth streets in SanTana. That's the handiwork of F Troop, oOC's oldest veteran Mexican gang* and the one with the most fascinating name in OC (yes: the gang is named after the late-1960s sitcom) after the Nazi Lowriders and PEN1. Now, get over the shock of this infernal rag highlighting a gang tag, and refry the following:

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OC Deputies' Snitch Scam Playbook Revealed

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To a con artist with a badge, such as Orange County Sheriff's Department (OCSD) deputy Ben Garcia, disinformation is the key to maintaining a respectable public appearance. A veteran officer in the Special Handling unit overseeing high-profile inmates, Garcia became an involuntary, vital witness in the 2014-15 hearings on law enforcements' rogue informant program that secretly tilted untold dozens of cases in favor of the government. During double-digit hours on the witness stand, the deputy's stance was as firm as it was disingenuous: There couldn't have been any cheating because OCSD didn't even operate an informant program.

"We don't have informants inside [our jails]," Garcia testified under oath without cracking a grin on May 6, 2014.

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Victor Negrete Identified as 25-year-old Shot Dead in Anaheim Last Week

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Victor Negrete was found dying in the 100 block of South Rio Vista Street.
A 25-year-old man who was shot to death in Anaheim last week has been identified by coroner's officials as Victor Negrete.

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Weekender Updater: Sex Offender GPS Bills, Gang Banger's Murder Conviction and More

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New legislation is being proposed in the wake of serial killings to which Steven Dean Gordon is claimed to have confessed.
This weekend you are updated on: Orange County legislators trying to improve Global Positioning System (GPS) monitoring of sex offenders; the murder conviction of a gang member who gunned down a young man on a bike and then handed his hood rat a flower; a man being ordered to stand trial on charges of kidnapping his former live-in girlfriend's teenage daughter and sexually assaulting her over 10 years; mercy shown for an ex-drug dealer who had been indicted for murder in his girlfriend's heroin overdose death; a lost appeal of Orange County's first guilty verdict for human trafficking of a minor under terms of Proposition 35; and the filing of a wrongful death lawsuit in an electrical worker's electrocution in an underground vault in Huntington Beach.

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Dial Eme For Murder: How Prosecutors Teamed With Mexican Mafia In Death Penalty Case

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Prosecutor Wagner defending questionable DA moves in pending death penalty case

It's odd when both the Mexican Mafia and the Orange County district attorney's office (OCDA) want the same guy dead. It's remarkable when two assumed-enemy outfits work together to achieve a mutual goal. But that is what happened to Anthony R. Navarro Jr.

The Mexican Mafia (a.k.a. La Eme, the pronunciation of M en espaƱol) put Navarro on its "hard candy list," marking him for death. OCDA simultaneously worked to hand him capital punishment. In the process, a church-going prosecutor and an unsavory disciple of Eme bosses collaborated in a Santa Ana courtroom. As a result, Navarro today sits on San Quentin State Prison's death row.

The 48-year-old hoodlum admits he's no angel. At the age of 12, he became a gangster, two years later landing in the California Youth Authority for manslaughter. He inked his body with underworld tattoos, took the moniker "Droopy" and became a leader of the Pacoima Flats Gang in the San Fernando Valley. During a prison stint for robbery, the smooth-talking car enthusiast, small-time methamphetamine dealer and $19-per-hour Warner Bros. studio extra won prized Mexican Mafia associate status.

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